I was asked to submit something for A List Apart’s year-end What I Learned About the Web in 2011. Here’s my thoughts:
Whoever thought we’d look back at the days of IE6 wrangling as the simpler time, when a few conditional styles and hacks could solve all our problems? Now we’ve got innumerable phones and tablets, each with their own mysterious quirks and constraints, and no reasonable way to test on all of them. The War for Web Standards has more or less been won on desktops, but it’s unrealistic to bring that fight to the mobile world. My One Big Take Away of 2011 is that interaction design, like the rest of the universe, naturally moves toward a state of maximum entropy. Fight the good fight, but always be ready to learn something new.